NSW public service reshuffle sees govt CIO replaced

NSW's CIO will be replaced by the end of the month, due to a reshuffle in the state's senior public service roles.

NSW's government CIO Michael Coutts-Trotter will move from his position into another role, following NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell's decision to make two changes in its senior public service roles.

Coutts-Trotter is currently the director-general of the Department of Finance and Services, which also includes the position of state government CIO. After being in the role since 2007, his move to the Department of Family and Community Services as its director-general will leave the CIO position open for another public servant.

O'Farrell has already stated that Coutts-Trotter's old role will be filled by the director-general of the Department of Attorney-General and Justice Laurie Glanfield.

Glanfield has been in his current position since 1991, with the new position potentially to be his last as he approaches the age of retirement. Although his expertise lies primarily with law and not IT, O'Farrell said that his policy experience will be invaluable.

"While Mr Coutts-Trotter and Mr Glanfield have made excellent contributions in their past roles, my view is that our most experienced and senior public service talent should be mobile and able to contribute in a variety of senior leadership roles," he said in a statement.

In turn, the Department of Attorney-General and Justice will seek a new director-general, and will appoint Assistant Director-General Brendan Thomas to act in the role until a replacement is found.

The changes will come into effect from July 29.